Never forget.

New York City has always been fascinating to me.

Every year I would anticipate planning our week long NYC trip consisting of bagels and cream cheese, Ray’s Pizza, broadway shows, and people watching galore!! There is no such thing as a diet in New York. Psh, you’ll walk it off anyways. That’s what I’ll tell myself now anyways!

This magical city is held close to my heart because of the fond memories I have of it.

One of the best days was taking the subway to the very tip most southern point (Battery Park) and walking up Manhattan with my dad. Wall Street, China Town, Strawberry Fields, we saw it all. Exploration at its finest.

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Another was when my mom got me out of school in the middle of the week for a long weekend because we had to go to New York to see one of her favorite artist’s newest installations through Central Park.
P.S. If you don’t know who Christo and Jeanne-Claude are then please do yourself a favor and do some art research. The Gates was unreal to see in person.

Soho introduced me to my love of boutiques and fashion and Central Park made me slow down and enjoy my surroundings (yes, even in the NYC hustle and bustle).

I love seeing a city so diverse and so proud of it. People are my inspiration. Of course being a sociology major in college comes with realizing and seeing some issues differently than others. And I think that’s why I’ve always been so attracted to this city and its people.

September 11 is always somewhat of a haunting day. That was the day my favorite city fell to its knees. But it has been unbelievable to see this city come back to life.

I cannot express my excitement that I’ll be in New York City for my next mini vacation in November. I can already feel the crisp air and the smell of Barney’s. Plus my boyfriend has NEVER been!

What the hell!

AND we are definitely using the amazing Airbnb to make our living costs cheaper. Hotels are fabulous but seriously I do not have $2,000 to sleep for three nights! Instead we’ll be staying off Lexington on the East side. Can you say fabulous?!

This will be the trip of a lifetime! + I can’t wait to write about it!

LETS GO!

bath time

So, I haven’t really mentioned it yet, but traveling is like my numero uno passion in life. If I won the lottery the first thing I’d do would be to travel around the world. I’d be on a budget (more places, duh!) but still fabulous.

I totally get that people have different loves in life but honestly I think it’s pretty lame when people have ZERO lust for the world. Like, are you serious?! Get up and go put yourself in a new environment for once (even if it’s just another state!). That’s what makes you grow as a person, expands your mind and ideas, and you will definitely make so many crazy relationships along the way.

ANYHOO…to make a long story short, my mom, aka my bestie, is my biggest inspiration. She has a lust for life I’ve never seen anyone else have. Currently she’s an international school art teacher in Istanbul, Turkey. You know what that means!!
I’M GOING TO VISIT!

I recently just got back from my trip to Istanbul and I’ll be periodically sharing stories from that adventure.


 

One of my absolute favorite things I did in IST was take part in the traditional Turkish bath. Like, I read about this stuff when I was taking Latin in middle school. You know I was stoked!

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Kalic Ali Pasa was unreal and over the top fabulous! Think of a day spa, Turkish style. And did I mention the building is ancient?! It was built in 1571! Can’t really fathom that thought.

The first thing you notice is the architecture. HUUUGE vaulted ceilings and pretty much everything is made out of marble (nbd!) You can instantly feel the heat and moisture in the air, but not in a gross sweaty way. Super quiet spa-like environment.

selfie!

selfie!

The traditional bath experience (what I did) is amazing. You also have the option of doing a massage after the bath (next time I’ll have more time). Men and women can both utilize this spa but not at the same time of day (PTL! Awkward!) Women have all day until about 4 pm and the men are scheduled in the evening.

The room where the magic happens

The room where the magic happens

I am not going to tell every single detail (I have to leave some kind of a mystery!) but I have never felt so clean in my life! You are scrubbed down good!!! I had so much dead skin (everyone does) and the ladies will show you and laugh! Just embrace it and laugh along with them. At the end, you’ll find yourself wrapped in a Turkish towel (you KNOW I bought a couple for my bathroom!) and you basically get to lounge and even sleep on these huge couches where you are served hot mint face towels, tea and snacks (if you want) until 4 pm. Next time I go, I would schedule my bath earlier in the day just so I can lounge longer afterwards. Why not right?!

Where you can pass out for hours afterwards. Delish!

Where you can pass out for hours afterwards. Delish!

If you ever find yourself in an ancient country like Turkey, you MUST go visit the baths. They recommend treating yourself every 4-6 weeks for skin health and exfoliation. I’ll be back.

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XO,

S